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GRENADA - Government and teachers reach agreement on new collective agreement

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 30, CMC – The Grenada government says it has reached a settlement and has signed a new collective agreement with the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) on salary increases and fringe benefits for the period 2017-19.

Neither the Keith Mitchell government nor the GUT has disclosed the contents of the agreement, but a government a government statement noted that “upon signing, both parties expressed their appreciation for the mutual respect and cordiality shown around the table over the last few months”

  The statement praised the “GUT leadership for their well-fought representation of their members and for ultimately balancing their constituents’ interests with the national good.

“Government anticipates that similar settlements will be reached in the coming days with the other Public Service Unions and Associations,” the statement noted.

The GUT is one of three public sector workers unions that agreed to a wage deferral with government as part of the three-year Structural Adjustment Programme that commenced in 2014. The programme has been supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Prior to the negotiations, the GUT had said that there were teachers who are not receiving their allowances for acting appointments, while there are those who attained additional qualifications, but were not upgraded.

Another of the issue GUT is to get teachers who are acting as principals for a number of years to be regularized with their full appointments.

Earlier this month, the executive of the Public Workers Union (PWU) met with the government’s negotiating team to commence negotiations on the issue of fringe benefits to be awarded to public officers.

The union is reported to be seeking a five per cent increase for the period 2015 -2018, but has hinted that the government is proposing a lower figure.

The PWU said that during the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), it had sought a four per cent wage hike given the economic situation in the country.

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